By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
Located in the Soneva Kiri Resort on the Thai island of Koh Kood, this Children’s Activity and Learning Center provides visiting children a wide range of entertaining activities, giving them both creative and ecological education while playing.
The Den is located on a rocky slope close to the sea. With its Manta ray-inspired, bamboo dome – perched in an elevated position – it seems to launch itself into the bay. The structure and roof are made from local Thai bamboo, thus contributing further to the ecological approach of the resort.
The interior is made from local plantation River Red Gum wood and rattan structural elements for the inner domes. The design adopts all bioclimatic aspects to suit its humid, tropical environment.
The roof cantilevers up to 8m, acting like a big umbrella providing shade and protection from the heavy rains. The open design with the translucent, elevated rooftop and setback floors allow a natural airflow inside and the use of natural daylight.